The story of Jochebed shows us how we can trust God in all circumstances. Jochebed lived with her husband Amram in Egypt during the time of Israel’s enslavement by Pharaoh.
As the Hebrews grew in number, Pharoah issued a decree that all newborn Hebrew boys be killed by throwing them into the Nile River. Jochebed was pregnant when this decree was issued. When she gave birth to a son, she carefully hid him.
Jochebed loved him and recognized that he was a special child. Unfortunately, she could hide him no longer, so she carefully created a small ark of papyrus reeds. She placed him in it into the Nile River, trusting in God’s protection over her son. Her daughter, Miriam, followed the ark to see where it would lead.
Pharoah’s daughter found the small ark as she went to the river, and, taking pity on the child, adopted him as her own and named him Moses. Miriam saw what had happened and asked the princess if she would like her to find a nurse for the child.
The princess agreed, and Jochebed was able to care for her son until he was old enough to return to the palace. Jochebed’s faith was rewarded, as her son, whom she surrendered, was restored to her. Moses would go on to lead his people out of slavery and receive from God His word on Sinai.